Winter Season

Saturday 20th January at 8pm

Advance tickets SOLD OUT. There will be 20 available ‘on the door’

Loving Vincent

2017, 93 minutes, 12A certificate
Directed by Hugh Welchman, Dorota Kobiela; cast includes Douglas Booth, Robert Gulaczyk, Helen McRory, Aidan Turner, Chris O’Dowd, Saoirse Ronan, Jerome Flynn, John Sessions

France, Summer 1891. Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth), a feckless and directionless young man, is sent to Paris by his father, Postman Joseph Roulin (Chris O’Dowd), to deliver a letter to the brother of his father’s friend Vincent Van Gogh, who – they have just heard – has killed himself. Armand is none too pleased with the mission: he is embarrassed by his father’s association with Vincent, a foreign painter who cut off his ear and was committed to the local asylum. Nonetheless he follows his father’s wishes, meeting Vincent’s paint supplier, Pere Tanguy (John Sessions) then travelling to the village of Auvers-sur-Oise, where Vincent died, to meet Doctor Paul Gachet (Jerome Flynn) to find out more.

The film explores the life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh, as told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them. The intrigue unfolds through interviews between Armand and the characters closest to Vincent and through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death.

The story may be familiar but the technique used to create the animated film is unique. After the directors had shot live scenes with the actors, over 100 artists from all over the world came together to hand-paint in oils each frame and to recreate it as a painting in the style of Van Gogh.

‘…the animation is a mercurial wonder; a snaking, vibrant vision in the golds, ochres and cornflower blues that sing of the artist’s most famous work.’ Wendy Ide; The Observer.